1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. texasjohn

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 26, 2017

    Posts: 181

    Sensible advice. I had a LCI 335i SE E90 saloon, and it was by far one of the best 'all round' cars I have ever owned, at a slight expense of initial turn in 'feel' compared to the M Sports. Very comfy on 17s with non RFT. I'd had two M Sports previously, a coupe on 19s (non RFT) and a saloon on 18s (RFT) and both were uncomfortable. The N55 was very economical, often returning 460-480 miles between fill ups (I had a long motorway commute).

    I'd look to a LCI 330d SE with sport seats if I wanted a diesel or, if you can put up with the ride quality and really have to have the slightly different bumpers, go for an M Sport.

    As arfoll suggests, you'll be much better off fitting some aftermarket dampers (Koni FSD are supposed to be a good choice for comfort and handling) than either the SE or M Sport dampers.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. iMacMart

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 8, 2006

    Posts: 10,202

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Hi Guys

    My 5 series 2014 is showing "No Parking Assistance, please park unaided.
    Have the problem checked by the Service"

    This was intermittent and is now constant (over the past 2 weeks) when I go to park, before I take it to the local dealer is there anything I can check before hand, I'v not bumper the front of back bumpers at all

    Trying to see where the fuse box is located so I can check the fuses

    Thanks
     
  3. Simon

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 22,269

    Location: Berks / Moscow

    Fixed the M3 after one of the throttle actuators have up and gave me a Christmas tree of lights and errors over Christmas. The plastic gears wear and they tend to go out of sync and not operate properly. One actuator operates a bank of 4 throttles

    Got 2 refurbed/ improved ones on from rebuild.org for £470 rather than the £800 each one From BMw which still fail due to crap plastic gears. Rebuild offer lifetime warranty on the gears too [​IMG] Whilst the plenum was off I did spark plugs and thermostat too (finally) and my mate hoovered all the leaves out of the V lol

    [​IMG]

    Took 4h which isn’t too bad as I haven’t worked under the bonnet of this before. Hardest part was getting coil 4 back on and getting the old stat out of the housing as it didn’t want to leave. Spark plugs not as bad as I thought considering this is number 7 and cylinder 8 is further back. [​IMG]

    8 throttle bodies simply jubilee clip onto the plenum ( which is huge). Bit of engine porn under that big plastic plenum. The actuators are under the wires in the middle. You can see the linkage arm of the right bank below
    [​IMG]
    Warmed up just as I got near home (mate’s garage) hitting 90C under normal driving for first time since we’ve had sub 10C ambients) and it felt ‘clean’, smoother and pulled harder thanks to the throttles working properly.

    All back to its former glory and a quick wipe down. Airbox is also massive as it goes all the way down to meet the bottom bumper grill

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2019
  4. panthro

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 19, 2004

    Posts: 11,535

    Location: Wokingham

    Nice work. Love the S65. :)
     
  5. DRZ

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 2, 2003

    Posts: 6,779

    Location: In the top 1%

    Nice work.

    It took Ben from Rebuild 45 minutes to do mine - just goes to show what a difference an experienced mechanic makes over an amateur!
     
  6. Jonnycoupe

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 11,470

    Location: N.Warks

    Or an experienced mechanic doing a job for the first time compared to a specialist of that one specific component might give the same result :p
     
  7. Simon

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 22,269

    Location: Berks / Moscow

    Actuators were easy to be fair . The spark plugs took the time and sucking 2.5l of coolant out with a syringe for the stat.
     
  8. iMacMart

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 8, 2006

    Posts: 10,202

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Any help on this gents before I go and pay a chunk of cash at the dealer :(
     
  9. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 22,724

    Location: On the road....

    I don’t have an f10 but know someone who keeps getting this error.

    Check the fuse first, its somewhere in the rear iirc.

    If you turn the wheel lock to lock a few times it should recalibrate and so long as there’s no other issue it should behave itself.
     
  10. iMacMart

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 8, 2006

    Posts: 10,202

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Awesome I'll check later :)
     
  11. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2013

    Posts: 16,334

  12. IAmATeaf

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 3, 2007

    Posts: 6,789

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    Is this right? "Front brakes have 90,000 miles / Rear Brakes 70,000 miles" ?

    EDIT: Just seen the pics on the idrive screen, so they are correct ?
     
  13. 200sols

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2018

    Posts: 1,337

    Location: Hampshire

    You forgot the picture of it covered in bird crap
     
  14. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2013

    Posts: 16,334

    Funnily enough I won't be putting that on :)

    It was always washed off as soon as I saw it anyway. No paint damage.
     
  15. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2013

    Posts: 16,334

    I had them changed fairly recently.

    I think it adjusts based on your driving style. I'm very easy on the brakes.
     
  16. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 34,466

    Location: Back in Blighty

    Different tread depths on the rear tyres would put me off tbh.
     
  17. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2013

    Posts: 16,334

    Had to get a new tyre before it was fully worn due to a puncture that couldn't be repaired.

    You think I shouldn't mention it?
     
  18. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 34,466

    Location: Back in Blighty

    Hmm yeh I'd just say that all tyres have at least X tread
     
  19. IAmATeaf

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 3, 2007

    Posts: 6,789

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    I wonder why they put an e-brake in the 5 but a conventional in the current 3?
     
  20. IAmATeaf

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 3, 2007

    Posts: 6,789

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    Wouldn't put me off, what would is coming out to see and the car and then discovering it.